Historic Districts

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, starting at 10 a.m., the HDC will hold a special called meeting in order to hear the remaining cases from the January 13, 2021 agenda. The January 27, 2021 HDC meeting will be held as a remote, online meeting. The final agenda is available here.

The public is welcome to attend and submit comments. If you wish to submit written comments or evidence to the commission, please submit all items to HDC staff no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.  

If you wish to participate in the meeting via WebEx, contact Cindy Kochanek at cynthia.kochanek@charlottenc.gov with your name, email address, phone number and agenda item of interest no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Once registered, a city staff person will reach out with information about participating in the virtual meeting. 

If you wish to access the meeting as an observer only, the meeting will be streamed live on the Planning, Design & Development Department YouTube page or can be accessed via telephone in listen-only mode. Call in information will be provided here by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Technical support will not be provided once the HDC meeting has started.


On Friday, November 6, 2020, the HDC hosted a retreat. Topics for discussion included staff research into full commission reviews of commissioner/prior commissioner led projects, rules for procedure, and design guidelines updates. A presentation on the research project discussed at the retreat, is located here.


All existing deadlines are still in effect. The next HDC application & final plans deadline for full commission review is February 3, 2021.

Due to canceled meetings and the transition to virtual meetings in early 2020 due COVID-19 public safety concerns, full commission review applications are currently running behind schedule. Applications are added to agendas in the order they are received and HDC staff will keep applicants updated as to when their full commission applications will be heard.

Application for Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be obtained prior to work commencing on the exterior of a resource within a local historic district.  A COA is a document issued by the Historic District Commission (HDC), that indicates the Commission has approved of the proposed work on a resource or property within a local historic district.  Work includes any exterior alterations, restoration, new construction, moving or demolition.  Landscaping and other site work may require a Certificate of Appropriateness. 

HDC staff should be consulted before any exterior work (including tree removal and site work) is begun to determine if a Certificate of Appropriateness is needed. Normal repair and maintenance such as re-roofing with in-kind materials or planting flowers generally does not require approval, please contact HDC staff prior to starting any exterior work to confirm. 

The City of Charlotte HDC requires electronic applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). Applications are processed via Accela to streamline plan submission, review, tracking and approval.  Project updates and review comments are communicated via email. At the conclusion of the review, an electronic Certificate of Appropriateness will be issued which will remain part of the electronic record. Only complete applications will be passed through Accela. Incomplete applications will no longer be accepted to hold a space on the HDC meeting agenda. Incomplete applications will receive an email stating what is needed in order for the application to be considered complete.

Please contact HDC staff with questions or guidance on proposed projects via email, telephone, or on a walk-in basis.

Pre-Submittal Meeting

Applicants with major projects that are being considered for the first time by the commission can request a pre-submittal meeting in order to discuss the project and get feedback in order to streamline the application process. Please submit a pre-submittal meeting request here. We are interested in your feedback on the pre-submittal process, please contact staff at the information below to provide feedback.

HDC COA Application 

Every application for a Certificate of Appropriateness must include one of the following signature & checklist forms:

For guidance on the electronic application process:

For full commission presentation examples, please see the following:

​Commission Staff

Ms. Kristi Harpst
Program Manager


Ms. Cindy Kochanek


Ms. Candice Leite
Associate Planner

Ms. Linda Keich

Administrative Assistant


2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. (except where a City holiday requires a change in date).  Please consult the meeting schedulefor details.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
See the specific HDC meeting agendafor room location.


COA application deadlines for full commission review: Deadlines are the first Wednesday of the month, one month prior to the HDC meeting. Please consult the meeting schedulefor details.

*Administrative review applications do not have a deadline and can be submitted on a rolling basis.

New for 2020: the HDC application and plan submission deadline is being moved from the third Wednesday to the first Wednesday of each month. The first Wednesday deadline is for projects wishing to be slated on the following month’s meeting agenda.  The submission deadline for applications, final plans and presentations are being combined into a single deadline and the plan revision deadline is being removed.

Continued Cases: Applications that are continued during an HDC meeting will no longer be scheduled and heard at the following month's meeting due to the deadline change. Instead continued cases will be slated for the HDC agenda approximately two months from the meeting in which it was continued in order to provide the applicant with time to make any changes and meet the new plans deadline.

Cases scheduled on a HDC agenda that are postponed per the applicant's request will continue to be moved to the following month's agenda.

For more information regarding the Historic District Commission contact:

Charlotte Historic District Commission
600 East Fourth Street (8th Floor)
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202